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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Communication and Information Ministry’s decision to block Telegram is considered as a setback in technology by digital businessman Anthony Leong.

"It clearly shows poor understanding, this is a technological setback in the midst of technology advancement. If there are complaints regarding the content, we can directly contact Telegram. However, what is really going on here is according to Telegram CEO, there has not been any official requests from Indonesia," Anthony said.

Read: Indonesia is Not the Only Country Blocking Telegram

The young entrepreneur said that we will suffer from tremendous losses due to the blocking of Telegram in terms of economic growth.

"How can we develop our economy if social media is shut down? With this blocking, how many Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (UMKM) suffer from losses because of the significant cut from their online orders? The government should be more concerned about this," the CEO of Menara Digital said.

Read: Blocking Telegram Not Strategic Measure for Long Term: Expert 

Furthermore, Anthony mentioned that the Ministry’s threat to block foreign social media (such as Telegram) if they do not open a branch office in Indonesia is irrelevant.




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